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Driving Structural Change And Accountability

 

Fall 2022 & Spring 2023

In-Person

Experiential Learning

November 10 - 11 | 2022

[Application Deadline: October 19, 2022]

$2,700
May 10 - 11 | 2023

[Application Deadline: April 3, 2023]

$2,700
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Executive Learning and Organizational Change is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®



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Course Overview

This course focuses on leading the critical elements of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ) work: assessment, strategic planning, initiative alignment, measurement, and changing an organization’s systems that can create barriers to change. We will examine theories and perspectives to help you think critically about the current state of DEIJ in work settings. The course will help you plan next steps for weaving DEIJ accountability throughout your organization. 

 



 

Course Schedule

Day 1: (in person) 1:30 pm -  6 pm CT + Dinner
Day 2: (in person) 9:00 am -  4 pm CT

 

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Who Should Attend

  • Mid to senior-level executives who are excited about conceiving and executing strategies to influence DEIJ processes and outcomes in your organization (be it a for-profit or nonprofit organization)
  • Team leaders, people managers, and other advisors and executive leaders willing to reflect on your own experiences to help inform your approach to DEIJ in your organization
  • Leaders and changemakers who want to learn from and dialogue with other DEIJ practitioners and colleagues

What Questions Will We Answer

  • What are the common barriers to implementing effective DEIJ structures? How can we strategically navigate these barriers to execute DEIJ work effectively?  
  • What areas of DEIJ should my organization be focusing on? 
  • What additional approaches and tools can be applied to create sustainable change?  

Benefits and Outcomes

By participating in this session, you will learn how to:  

  • Advocate for and lead the advancement of an organizational culture of inclusion, justice, and equity.  
  • Identify systemic and structural challenges that impede DEIJ strategic plans.  
  • Use measures to support decision making related to organizational talent and cultural priorities for DEIJ.   
  • Guide the development of a DEIJ strategic plan and roadmap that addresses the fulfillment of an organization's mission and business strategy.   
  • Lead opportunities to build DEIJ practices into the fabric of the organization's operations (systems, processes, incentives, and accountability mechanisms).  

Earn Continuing Education Credit

  • ELOC is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. This program is valid for 13 PDCs for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. 
  • ELOC is accredited by IACET giving students the opportunity to earn CEUs. This program is valid for 1.3 IACET CEUs. 

Certificate Requirements

  • Attend and participate in all synchronous class sessions
  • Complete all written assignments (individual case and reflection questions).

Program Content

  1. The importance of intrapersonal reflection in DEIJ work
    • Identify and understand areas for improvement in DEIJ work in your organization, drawing on your personal experiences
    • Understand the costs of not fostering equitable and inclusive work environments
  2. Doing DEIJ work with intent and integrity
    • Understand the scope of DEIJ work that is possible in your organizational context
    • Begin to identify specific areas of DEIJ work that are most important in your organizational context
  3. Communicating for efficacy in DEIJ work
    • Learn to distinguish between debate, discussion and dialogue, and when to use these forms of communication to advance DEIJ strategies
  4. Designing DEIJ research for impact
    • Learn best practices for designing research to move DEIJ work forward
  5. Driving structural and sustainable change
    • Explore systemic and structural barriers to DEIJ work - at the practitioner, individual and organizational levels
    • Learn to design and re-design organizational structures, processes, practices

Certificate Requirements

  • Attend and participate in all synchronous class sessions
  • Complete all written assignments (individual case and reflection questions).

FAQs

  • Is this course for internal change leaders, external consultants, or both? 
    • Both! This course will support you in leading change for equity and inclusion whether you are working inside your employer organization or as a third-party consulting partner to an organizational client. 
  • Is this course appropriate for members of groups or teams from the same organization to attend together? 
    • Yes! We have delivered a version of this course to groups of professionals from the same organization and they have found it useful both for individual leadership development and in developing shared language and understanding for use in their work together.  
    • If you are interested in a group discount or designing a custom, private session for your organization, please email us at eloc@northwestern.edu. 
  • Is this course for professionals working in all sectors? 
    • Yes! This course is relevant to leaders across sectors, industries, and roles. 
  • Is this course only for DEI practitioners? 
  • No! This course is for any leader who aims to support and advance equitable and inclusive organizational change. 
  • Is this course only for change management professionals? 
  • No! This course is for any leader who is involved in, managing, or advising on organizational change at the team, department, division, organization, enterprise, and/or system level.
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Instructors

Renetta McCann

Renetta McCann is Chief Inclusion Experiences Officer at Publicis Groupe, where she is focused on creating inclusive change for individuals and institutions. She was previously at Leo Burnett, where she oversaw the agency's U.S. recruitment, training, benefits and talent management. She isn’t afraid to try out new models for employee engagement or test new programs to enhance success – she believes that these efforts broaden perspectives and promote creativity. She is a champion for women and for the development of minorities in the advertising industry.

Ahmmad Brown

Ahmmad Brown is a diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ) scholar and practitioner with more than a decade of experience developing and implementing structures and processes that support equity and inclusion in organizational settings.

Ahmmad’s academic work includes two streams of research. In the first, he draws on the social capital, inclusion, and identity literatures to examine Black students' social experiences and feelings of belonging in historically white colleges. In the second, he uses survey and interview methods to understand the antecedents of race-based allyship in organizational settings.

As a practitioner, Ahmmad is president and co-founder of Equity Based Dialogue for Inclusion, LLC (EBDI). Through EBDI, Ahmmad works with organizations across industries to conduct equity assessments, provide strategic support for the development and implementation of equity and inclusion initiatives, and promote intergroup dialogue. As a senior advisor at Working IDEAL, Ahmmad conducts qualitative and qualitative research for organizations to support their strategic DEIJ efforts. He also serves on Merit America's board of directors. Prior to his current work, Ahmmad worked in social sector consulting and college admission.

Ahmmad holds a PhD in Organizational Behavior from Harvard Business School, an MA in Sociology from Harvard University, an MBA and MA in Education from Stanford University, and a BA in Sociology & Anthropology and Japanese from Swarthmore College.